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UP police form SIT to probe allegation of rape by Unnao woman against BJP MLA

The woman accused BJP legislator Atul Singh Sengar of raping her last year.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2018 16:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Kuldip Singh Sengar, BJP MLA from Unnao, speaks to the media outside Chief Minister's office in Lucknow, on Monday.(PTI Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe a woman’s allegations that Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a legislator of the Bharatiya Janata Party, raped her last year.

The woman said the police aren’t probing her allegations and didn’t name Sengar in an official document which recorded her complaint.

“We have not given a clean chit to anyone--no one will be spared,” said Anand Kumar, ADG Law and Order, Uttar Pradesh Police. “All accused including the MLA will be questioned.”

The NHRC also sent a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state police chief seeking a detailed report on the death of the father of the woman in judicial custody in Unnao, and has asked the authorities to ensure “the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment”.

“The incident was reported to have happened a day after the alleged rape victim tried to immolate herself near the chief minister’s residence accusing BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his aides of gangrape,” the NHRC said on Tuesday.

The National Human Rights Commission observed that the allegations, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim family.

It has issued notice to the chief secretary and the director general of police of Uttar Pradesh, seeking a detailed report, including action taken against the “delinquent police officials”, who refused to register an FIR.

“The NHRC also expects from the DGP, an explanation for not communicating the custodial death to the commission within 24 hours. All the reports, including health screening report of the deceased at the time of his admission in the jail and medical treatment provided by the jail authorities, are to be sent,” the rights panel said in a statement.

They have been given four weeks to respond, it said.

The commission said it has also directed the chief secretary to “look into the matter personally and ensure that the aggrieved family is not subjected to further harassment and humiliation by the opponents who appear to be resourceful persons of the locality”.

“He (chief secretary) is also directed to monitor and expedite the magisterial inquiry which is underway,” it added.

The woman attempted suicide at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow on Sunday. A day later, her father died in a hospital in Unnao while under arrest.

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First Published: Apr 10, 2018 12:04 IST